A demo game based on the first 20 mins of the movie with the same name. A small group of Roman Legionaries, led by their young officer ‘Marcus Flavius Aquila’ , rush from their fort to rescue the survivors of a Roman patrol that has been overwhelmed and captured by band of Celtic warriors, stirred up by local druids.
I needed a set of rules that could capture the character and flavour of a Hollywood movie. The heroes needed to be hard to kill, while the role of the other cast members was to die horribly.
Dux Britanniarum was the obvious choice. The ‘big man’ activations is perfect. I then set about taking the rules back in time to the Roman invasion of Britain. I had a few ideas and ran them by Pat Connor, who basically is a rules guru! If Pat doesn’t know a rule mechanism it isn’t worth knowing.
The rules don’t need much changing for the period, I just added a few tweaks:
1) The Roman Legionaries are the only elite troops on the table. They are in groups of 6 figures, but can form up with other groups to a max of 18 figures.
2) The Roman Legionaries are allowed a free pilum throw before charging the enemy, regardless if they had the strong arm card or not. Each figure rolls a D6, a 6 is a kill and a 5 inflicts a shock point. The combat is then be fought as per the main rules. Shieldwall can be claimed if formed.
3) The Roman Auxiliary are classed as warriors with Long Spear.
4) The Roman Big men are a Status 3 (Marcus) in charge of two groups of 6 legionaries. A Status 2 in charge of two groups of Auxiliary and a Status 1 in the fort leading 4 archers and 6 legionaries.
5) The Roman Legionaries can use an activation point to test to form Testudo, needing 5 + on a d6.
6) The Celts are in groups of 8 figures. There are 8 of these groups on the table.
7) The druids in the two chariots move at d6 +2 inches per dice but can only throw missiles. The can only charge an enemy who is not formed.
8) The Celts have a Status 3 Big Man chieftain and 4 other Status 2 leaders.
Pat designed a set of cards suitably Imperial Roman looking and the game was ready to play. The card are attached as a free PDF download Cards with permission from Richard Clarke who wrote Dux Britanniarum and publishes them through TwoFatLardies.
I just used the main core elements of the rules without the pre-game elements. Each force starts on a Force Morale of 9.
The final change I made is when two formations engage with each other, everyone fights! If 6 celt warriors are daft enough to charge 12 elite Roman Legionaries then they deserve to die! If the romans charge 24 celts in the open unformed then they will learn the hard way!
Hope you enjoy. The game went down a treat and it won the best demo game at the show